MIAMI — Jimmy Butler scored a playoff career-high 45 factors, together with a private 7-0 run within the closing moments, and the Miami Heat held off the Atlanta Hawks 115-105 in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first-round sequence Tuesday evening.
Tyler Herro scored 15 for Miami, whereas Max Strus scored 14 and Gabe Vincent added 11 for top-seeded Miami, which took a 2-0 lead over the eighth-seeded Hawks.
Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 19 of his 29 factors within the fourth quarter for Atlanta. Trae Young scored 25 for the Hawks, whereas De’Andre Hunter had 16 and John Collins completed with 13 factors and 10 rebounds for the Hawks.
Butler’s earlier playoff finest was 40, achieved twice, each within the bubble when the Heat made the 2020 NBA Finals. The Heat wanted all of his heroics then, they usually wanted all of them on Tuesday as properly.
Bogdanovic’s 3-pointer with 3:15 left obtained Atlanta inside 104-101.
From there, it was all Butler.
He had a dunk, a 3-pointer and one other dunk — all within the span of 56 seconds — to show issues from doubtful to locked down, placing Miami up 10 with 1:20 remaining and guaranteeing the Heat would end off the win.
“Just staying aggressive,” Butler stated. “Taking what the defense gives me.”
As can be anticipated in a playoff sequence, pleasantries started being exchanged with extra regularity. The first half featured 16 fouls by Atlanta and 14 by Miami — a season-high for the Hawks, one off the season-high for the Heat, and people 30 personals didn’t even embrace a double technical that Lowry and Hunter obtained for getting face-to-face.
Young picked up a technical for arguing a foul towards him late within the third as properly, the capper to a interval the place the Heat went from barely forward to holders of a double-digit lead going into the ultimate 12 minutes. He performed all the third quarter, however managed solely two photographs in that span — making each — and didn’t get to the foul line, whereas committing 5 turnovers in that interval alone.
And in time, Miami hit its stride.
Kevin Huerter’s stepback 3-pointer with 8:59 left within the third pulled Atlanta inside 64-62. The Hawks went almost three minutes with out scoring once more, and the sport seemed very totally different after these three minutes.
The Heat went 4 for 4 in that stretch — 3-pointers by Butler, P.J. Tucker and Strus, with a layup by Butler in there as properly — and it added as much as an 11-0 run that pushed the lead out to 75-62. The margin remained at the very least eight factors for the subsequent 11 minutes, earlier than Atlanta started clawing again.
Young hit Collins with a strike for a layup, and Bogdanovic’s lengthy jumper obtained Atlanta inside 94-90 halfway by the fourth.
But the Hawks by no means obtained the lead. Butler noticed to that.